Victims of acute insomnia are advised by medical experts to use a very potent tranquilizer known as Ambien. Abusing the drug for more than 14 days can lead to dependence on it.
This non-benzodiazepine "Z drug" is medically as effective as benzodiazepines such as Xanax but without the same harmful properties and added two qualities which those drugs are popular for. The manufacturers of Ambien designed and marketed the drug as an alternative to benzos but, which had fewer addictive qualities, especially among people suffering from acute insomnia.
The makers of Ambien designed and marketed the drug as a less addictive alternative to benzos for people with acute insomnia.
Unfortunately, though Ambien is not as potent as the benzos, it is still addictive. In less than 14 days, one can develop reliance on the drug.
The problem is not understood by many people until they quit taking the drug and realize that they can't survive without it. On of the main signs of an addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms.
Here are the signs of an Ambien addiction:
Making requests for prescriptions frequently
Repeatedly taking larger doses than prescribed
Always wishing to take the drug
Getting involved in dangerous situations while having a memory lapse of the incident
Spending large amounts of money on the drug
Loved ones are treated as stringers
An Ambien dependency may begin with an honest effort to cure a one-off lack of sleep issue. Many users do not understand the addictive qualities of Ambien and believe that since it has been prescribed by a physician, it is safe to use and will help them get the sleep they want.
If you use Ambien for some weeks, its potency reduces. In the absence of Ambien, some people cannot sleep and that makes it difficult for most addicts to break the addiction.
Zolpidem is sold as Ambien. In popular culture, the drug's features as a sleep aid are widely known (even notorious), due to the pervasive advertising campaign. Helping people to overcome sleepiness for a short period of time is the original purpose doctors want it to serve. In whatever form you have it, it should be swallowed. In order to have a stronger effect many people are known to crush the tablets and to snort them nasally. Slang terms for Ambien include no-go's, zombie pills, sleepeasy, tic-tacs and A-minus.
A strong sedative effect is produced by Ambien as it binds to neuroreceptors therefore slow the brain activity.
Due to the negative consequences and the tendency to over depend on benzodiazepines and its replacement, Halcion, Ambien was formulated to give users a better option. Safe and without the potential for addiction were the words of the manufacturers of the drug.
Despite the claim by the manufacturers that Ambien was superior to benzos, the medical fraternity has claimed that users can develop an addiction during any stage. In 2015, addiction specialist Dr. Michael Weaver published a report on sedative abuse in which he said, "Non-benzodiazepine z-drugs are also very popular and prone to many of the same problems as benzodiazepines."
Ambien is a controlled substance and falls under the category of schedule IV. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) believe people do not treat Ambien as a recreation drug. The drug makes individuals have strange, happy feelings, some become addicted in spite of the warning by this agency.
Ambien Abuse And Effects
Using the drug without a doctor's permission or beyond the recommended dose constitutes addiction Even taking an extra pill for a little help sleeping is considered abuse. People typically need larger doses of Ambien when they build a tolerance for the drug.
This strengthens their dependence on the drug to sleep which causes many users to escalate their doses without medical guidance.
Ambien is meant to be taken immediately before bed, but some people have been known to take the drug hours before going to sleep. Overconfidence and vulnerability and dangers are not existent in an individual's actions.
Just because Ambien has a less risk of overdose than other benzodiazepines does not make it any safer to get addicted to. The symptoms of overdose are similar to the effects of the drug, therefore, it might be difficult to detect an Ambien overdose.
Ambien has the potential to cause respiratory problems because it has the ability to reduce the performance of the central nervous system. The result could be a fatal overdose. A strong indication of someone experiencing an overdose is unusually slow breathing or heartbeat.
Typical Drug Combos
Alcohol is the substance that is most commonly used with Ambien. Oftentimes when someone's tolerance to Ambien builds, they need higher doses of the drug to fall asleep. In order to feel more tranquilized, a couple of users use the drug with alcohol. Either of the two can depress the central nervous system, and this can therefore be classified as dangerous.
Some people have also used Ambien by combining it with benzos like Valium.
The risks of combining benzos with Ambien are similar to combining these drugs with alcohol with the most dangerous substances at hand.
Statistics Of Ambien Abuse
Recovering from Ambien addiction begins with a medically assisted detox. The detox program ensures one does not relapse into abuse again while undergoing the withdrawal symptoms. A number of inpatient rehab centres or outpatient clinics can provide resources for the detox along with counselling to understand the behaviours which can lead to the use of Ambien. Contact us on 0800 772 3971; we shall help find a treatment facility to help you stop abusing Ambien.